Government has an ‘email’ tip to protect your bank account

Banking related cyber crimes are on the rise. While it is crucial not to share confidential information like debit/credit card number, ATM PIN, OTP with strangers, scamsters tend to lure customers through malicious emails. These mails generally have a fraudulent URL through which the fraudster tries to steal a user’s personal banking information.
To help citizens protect their bank accounts from these scamsters, the government has shared a tip online. CyberDost- cyber safety and cybersecurity awareness handle maintained by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India has shared a post via Twitter advising customers to use two separate email accounts. While one can be used for communication, the other should be used for financial transactions only.
Further, the account assigned only for bank transactions must not be shared on social networking sites to avoid online stalking.
“Always make two separate e-mail accounts. One for communicating with people you trust and for your financial transactions. Use separate e-mail account for registering on social networking sites. This will protect your primary account from online stalkers,” reads the latest tweet by CyberDost.

Recently, the CyberDost Twitter handle also warned against online scam where cyber criminals hack the victim’s social media account to message the victim’s friends/family members about an emergency- medical or other that usually requires immediate action. The scamsters then ask for financial help from these contacted friends and family members, duping them of money.

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